Here is another Friday 10-second tip for you to enjoy…

It’s all about:

Using “slides” to transition around the fretboard


One of the coolest things you can do on the guitar is to jump around on the fretboard and experience the different tones on offer.

From the low rumbling bassier notes to high piercing tones further up the fretboard…

You can enjoy exploring and experimenting with these different sonic pallets.

…But when moving around the fretboard, there can be brief moments of unwanted silence.

Unintentional silence in music can slam the breaks on musicality pretty quickly and it’s something we should avoid.

…But using “slides” is a really simple and cool way to transition up and down the fretboard.


Slides can serve three main purposes. They can:

Help you link two different areas of the fretboard together.

Erase silence in the music when moving around the fretboard.

Add a lovely glissando effect to your playing, which you can’t get when plucking notes.


So, if you ever want to unlock the fretboard and add more elegance to your playing, try adding in “slides”.

Start by simply choosing two notes on one string and begin sliding between them, making sure you keep enough pressure on the string for the notes to sound good.

When they sound good, try playing notes alongside them to fill out the sound – open strings work well here.

Give them a go, “slides” are great fun.

I’m covering this technique and how to get started with them in a new Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy lesson for the month of March.

In fact, I’m teaching a simple fingerstyle piece that will help you “demystify” slides, play them with good technique, and apply them to a pretty piece of music.

This lesson is one of the new ones coming on the 1st of March.


To join and get this tutorial (plus the other upcoming lessons), you can check out the academy below.

The Dan Thorpe Acoustic Academy


Happy Friday!

Dan Thorpe

Guitar Domination


P.S. This post was originally taken from Dan Thorpe’s private email list. To get blog posts like this sent to you which are full of great tips to make fingerpicking, strumming, and learning guitar more enjoyable (especially if you are over 40) join Dan’s list. It’s 100% free, HERE.

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